Sugar the new tobacco?: sweets could trigger fatal heart disease
Not only will one sugar-rich beverage a day contribute to weight gain, but it will also significantly increase the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases affecting heart and arteries, according to a study conducted Dr. Quanhe Yang (楊泉河) of America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A recent study has revealed the correlation between the proportion of sugar consumed daily and the rate of death caused by heart disease.
According to Dr. Yang’s study, who analyzed a U.S. national health survey data of 30,000 middle-aged American adults from 1988 to 2010, the majority of the population maintained their sugar intake levels at 10% of their total daily calorie intake. However, sugar took up 25% or more of the daily calories intake for around a tenth of the population.
An 350 milliliter soda, for example, contains up to nine teaspoons of sugar per can, equivalent to 7% of 2,000 calories. This means by simply ingesting more than two cans of soda per day, a person would already be consuming too much sugar. Meanwhile, one can of soda a day still increases the chances of death from heart disease by 29%, compared to those who only drink one can per week.
Sugar doesn’t only exist in sodas though. Many processed foods contain a large amount of sugar, including food some may consider “healthy,” such as bread, cheeses and salad dressings.
UK health organization Act On Sugar has even described sugar as the new tobacco, and is calling on their government to place taxes on sugary drinks and sugar-rich soda drinks. The group has even suggested printing warning labels on beverages that contain sugar.
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